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Astellas Pharma Associate Manager, IS Governance in Northbrook, Illinois

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This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

The Associate Manager, IS Governance is responsible for management and delivery of IS Governance operations globally. Provides coordination and management of IS Governance activities in the following areas: IT governance, IT portfolio/project/program management, IT process management, IT budget and financial management, communication, and reporting.

Provides IS Governance capabilities and services for all IS Group functions; communicates and collaborates with IS leadership teams and Astellas stakeholders; manages vendor and contract resources consistent with the IS sourcing strategy; and ensures globally aligned process that achieve the corporate and IS division mission and strategic plans.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • IT governance: Management of IS governance operations and coordination with corporate managerial and statutory governance.

  • IT portfolio, project, and program management: Coordination of IS portfolio with annual budget planning; support for prioritization, reporting, and overall management of IS portfolio, projects, and programs. Responsible for operations of the IT demand management framework, business case management, cost/benefit analysis, and benefits realization for the IS portfolio.

  • IT process management and standards: Responsible for the maintenance, training, and continuous improvement of IT processes, standards, and tools; ensuring compliance to IT legal requirements, government or industry standards. Manage IS Governance content contributing to knowledge management process applied to IS.

  • IT budget and financial management: Responsible for the coordination of IS budget, forecasts, and reporting for assigned IS groups. Coordination with and support for IS staff and project teams with IS budget planning processes.

  • IT performance management, communication and reporting: Support collection, and reporting of IT performance metrics, key performance indicators (KPI), and management of activities. Responsible for providing relevant reports in support data driven decision making at all levels.

  • People management: May contribute with hiring and management of IS Governance staff. Contribute to evaluation of of vendors and non-employee resources performing IS Governance activities.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Organizational: Manages a IS resources (staff may be in Japan, United States, United Kingdom, and other locations) of 0-2 employees plus contractors and outsourced resources.

  • Financial: Manages respective portion ($50-500k USD) of IS Governance budget ($6M USD) (annual spending).

  • Internal Clients: Communicates with IS group leadership, IS staff, and vendors as needed.

  • Vendors: May manage global, regional, and local vendors.

Organizational Context:

  • Reporting to: Director, Head of IS Governance

  • Peer Group: IS 5th layer (all other Manager level grades) across IS groups.

  • Underline staff: 0-2 employees (may be located in Japan, US, UK, or other)



  • Bachelors Degree in computer science or business preferred

  • Minimum 3-5 years of related responsibility required, with demonstrated progress in managing an service and operational management, reporting and continual improvement; preferred in a IT planning, governance, or control functions

  • Pharma sector experience with strong customer focus; in multi-disciplinary, matrix and cross-cultural settings

  • Knowledge and strong understanding of and ability to comply with industry laws and relevant regulations

  • Excellent organization skills and capable of operating in an matrix organization

  • Training, education, and/or experience in vendor management

  • Project management experience with cross-functional teams

  • Well-developed communication skills and the ability to maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with IT teams

  • Demonstrable examples of ability to promote best practice and knowledge sharing

  • Collaboration skills to interact with all levels of personnel to achieve shared goals

  • Fluent in written and verbal business English


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

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